Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/04/19

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Subject: Re: [Leica] ODDS and ends
From: Guy Bennett <>
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 09:32:01 -0700
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>The rain was falling hard on the town.  The man's wife said, "honey, let's
>get out of town."
>God said, "what else did you need?  I gave you a wife to warn you, a
>neighbor to give you a ride, a boat and a helicopter?"
>I guess the point of this poorly-delivered joke is that you shouldn't hold
>your breath waiting for Solms to send you the messianic M6E (which name
>was, as far as I can tell, invented by Stephen Gandy).

To respond in appropriately religious terms: Amen.

For those wanting an electronic M camera, there is no need to wait: the
Hexar RF is it. No it doesn't have TTL flash, but, from what I can remember
about the "M6E" threads, that is about the Konica's only "shortcoming."

I suspect that the real reason it is not selling as some may have
anticipated is - as one Lugger has already pointed out - Leica did not make
it, which is something else that came up in the previous electronic M
threads. At the time, one Lugger (who has since disappeared from the list -
punished by the manual camera god, no doubt) was adamant: it couldn't be
just any AE camera with an M mount, it had to be a M camera made by Leica.
Period. Nothing else would be acceptable. (I never could figure out why
since he had the "camera is only a tool" attitude.)

I'll probably get pelted for this but frankly I am glad that Leica never
made that camera, and I hope that the M will remain manual. The fact that
the M6 is a well built, all mechanical camera (with the exception of the
meter, of course) is exactly what prompted me to sell my Nikon gear and go
with Leica in the first place. If I really wanted or needed an electronic M
camera I would buy the Hexar w/out hesitation. I doubt that I ever will
since that's the last thing I want - that's why I use an M6!


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